Tom Guilfoy Memorial Craftsmanship Award

Created in 2004, this annual award was in memory of Tom Guilfoy, owner of 100 year old Guilfoy Cornice Works in San Francisco. This award is for any project where attention to detail and expertise was critical to the project and exemplifies teamwork between sheet metal workers and the contractor and the contractor and owner.

This award is presented annually for any type of work in the HVAC, Specialty, Industrial, Kitchen or Architectural fields. Projects entered will be judged on the skill and expertise exhibited to complete the project, regardless of how big or small. There are two main categories – mechanical and architectural, along with a creative concepts category to recognize exceptional projects falling outside of the mechanical and architectural categories.

2022 Guilfoy Award Submissions for Projects Completed in 2021

2022 Winner – Architectural Category

The 2022 Tom Guilfoy Craftsmanship Award in the Architectural category was awarded to VNSM of Paramount for the Avengers Campus project at Disney California Adventure located in Anaheim, California. 

This winning project used various methods for fabrication and involved numerous prototypes, material finishes, showcased beautiful joints and alignment and used advanced manufacturing and design techniques. This project has building styles combining the ancient, traditional, and futuristic and was very complex and challenging.

Just a sample of the many details of the project include:

  • Plate aluminum panel cladding – large format plate panel system with ¼” vertical butt-plate joints and 2” wide recessed horizontal joints.  With curving geometry at multiple corners the coordination and precision is critical.  The coordination for the back-lit spider logo was extensive in order to fit the panels within the framed opening and maintaining the true hexagonal geometry of the perforated infill and spider logo.
  • Catch Tower Louver – this company designed the louver to look like a louvered screen-wall.  Due to maintenance requirements and the desired lighting effects there were significant challenges in supporting and attaching the louver to the structure.  A vertical blade attachment system prevents system components from blocking the lighting effects.
  • Entry Module – This company had full fabrication and installation responsibility. After a skeleton support structure was provided this company provided the black steel tube structure. The corner of the structure includes a 7”x4” rectangular profile that is curved to match the cladding curve.  The surface of the rectangular tube is rotated and cut at an odd angle, resulting in an elliptical curve.  This complex curvature also applies to the edge of the aluminum cladding panel. This company also provided the round tube elements and the hex over pill-perf screening material.

Number of Man Hours Spent: 39,000


Avengers Campus

2022 Winner – Mechanical Category

Google Campus

The 2022 Tom Guilfoy Craftsmanship award in the Mechanical category was awarded to Southland Industries of Union City for the Bay View Campus project.

This winner was chosen due to the project’s complexity, collaboration, and craftsmanship. This project also had a great safety record with no injuries over a four-year period.

The entire 1.2 million square feet of occupiable space of this project is served by only 4 large built in place AHU’s totaling 650,000 cfm, 100% outside air. It has 783 Terminal units (VAVs), 55 Fan Coil units, 35 Exhaust Fans, 2,700 linear feet of trench convectors, 500,000 square feet of UFAD, over 1.5 million pounds of sheet metal installed that took three years to manufacture in their shop. There is also an “air highway” duct that is 168” X 54”. Most of the ductwork is exposed and this involved time weekly with the architect for layout and routing plans.

This project has no natural gas onsite. With 2,224 geothermal piles integrated into the structural piles of the building, totaling 100 miles of piping underground, this project is the largest of its kind in North America and will serve the heating & cooling demands of the campus without an onsite CO2 production.

Number of Man Hours Spent: 167,850



2022 Winner – Creative Concept Category

The 2022 Tom Guilfoy Craftsmanship Award in the Creative Concept category was awarded to CMF, Inc. of Orange for the Ruby’s Dining Car project located in Brea, California. 

This company developed all the design and fabrication details to bring the architect’s vision to life. Conceptual drawings, along with the picture of the inspiration for this building, were used to develop the hand-drawn details for the finished project.

Working closely with the architect this company designed inside and outside polished stainless steel window surrounds, custom radius roofing, tapered and specially fabricated corner pieces, and continuous welded and polished arrow accents on the interior and exterior powder coated aluminum.

In addition to the complex fabrication requirements, installation of each part needed to be coordinated with the remodeling efforts of the existing building. Tolerances were extremely tight, creating the need to build and install custom framing for many of the interior and exterior parts.

Number of Man Hours Spent: 2,539



Ruby's Diner

Past recipients of this award include:

2021          Architectural – California Sheet Metal – Seritage at UTC, San Diego, CA
                  Creative Concepts– Therma – Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 104 Livermore Hall, Livermore, CA

2020          Architectural – California Sheet Metal – UTC Residential Tower, San Diego, CA
                  Mechanical – Southland Industries, Inc. – Gilead NB324, Foster City, CA

2019          Architectural –CMF, Inc.– Cal Poly Pomona Student Services Building, Pomona, CA
                  Mechanical – Southland Industries, Inc.– Sutter Health CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital, San Francisco, CA

2018            Architectural –CMF, Inc.– Apple Park, Cupertino, CA
                    Mechanical – ACCO Engineered Systems– USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience, Los Angeles, CA

2017            Architectural –California Sheet Metal– Eli Lilly at Campus Pointe, San Diego, CA
                    Mechanical – University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors– UC San Diego, Jacobs Medical Center, La Jolla, CA

2016            Architectural –G.E.S. Sheet Metal– IAC Building, West Hollywood, CA
                    Mechanical – Control Air North, Inc.– Samsung American Headquarters, San Jose, CA

2015            ACCO Engineered Systems– Levi Stadium Home of the San Francisco 49ers, Santa Clara, CA

2014            Architectural –California Sheet Metal– San Diego Central New Library, San Diego, CA
                    Mechanical – Control Air North, Inc.– Kaiser Permanente Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, CA

2013            Architectural –Air Systems of Sacramento– William Jessup University Expansion, Rocklin, CA
                    Mechanical – ACCO Engineered Systems– Cedars Sinai Advanced Health Science Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA

2012            Architectural –Brady Air Conditioning, Inc.– 1905 Samuel Murphy Windmill Restoration Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
                    Mechanical– Control Air North, Inc.– Li Ka-Shing Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences at UC Berkley, Berkley, CA                   

2011             Architectural –CMF, Inc.– Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
                     Mechanical – Key Air Conditioning, Inc.– Tom Bradley International Interior Improvement, Los Angeles, CA

2010            Architectural –Air Systems, Inc.– Target Store, Sunnyvale, CA
                    Mechanical – Marelich Mechanical, Inc.– GLAVC Veterans Home of California, West Los Angeles, CA

2009            CMF, Inc.– Los Angeles High School #9 for the Visual and Performing Arts, Central Los Angeles, CA

2008            Control Air North, Inc.– California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA

2007            Air Systems Inc.– Harborwalk Condominiums, Oakland, CA

2006            Weiss Sheet Metal Company– Rebecca and John Moores UCSD Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA

2005            Custom Metal Fabricators, Inc.– Millennium Park BP Pedestrian Bridge, Chicago, IL